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Helping Make Billy Elliot's Dream a Reality

April 12, 2012

Stephen Daldry,director of the 2009 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical "Billy Elliot the Musical," once said that performing the title role of a blue-collar British lad with a gift for ballet is akin to playing Hamlet while running a marathon.

The young actor playing the 12-year-old Billy in the adaptation of the acclaimed 2000 film directed by Daldry must sing, tap, perform ballet, do acrobatics, master a Northern England accent and demonstrate acting chops.

The national tour of the musical, which opens Thursday at the Pantages for a five-week engagement, has four actors ages 13 to 15 who must do it all.

This is the first time the musical has played in Los Angeles, even though it's on its second national tour. The first tour was limited to extended engagements in Chicago and Toronto. This tour has been making its way west since it kicked off in Durham, N.C., in fall 2010. Read More